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Advanced Copy of August 2014 Northview News Superintendent Letter

Written by Mike Paskewicz on Jul 23, 2014
July 24, 2014Good Afternoon,As you have come to expect, pasted below (and attached as a word document) is an advanced copy of my August Northview News Superintendent Letter.  Please feel free to share the letter with those in your circles of influence. Also remember to mark your calendars for Election Day - November 4, 2014.  The ballot will be long and we are asking that you remember to turn all the way to the back of the ballot and vote on three important ballot questions: 1.  Northview School Board Trustee - Six (6) year term - Two seats open - Vote for TwoTim Detwiler - IncumbentDouglas La Fleur - IncumbentScott Kohsel2.  Northview School Board Trustee - Four (4) year term - Two seats open - Vote for TwoMichelle L. GalleryMichael HenshawJeff Lambert3.  Renewal of the Non-Homestead Operating Millage (funds classrooms) - No Tax Rate Increase       and is on all property except principal residence (your home). NORTHVIEW PUBLIC SCHOOLS OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2015 tax levy.Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 18 mills ($18.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Northview Public Schools, Kent County, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 12 years, 2016 to 2027, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2016 is approximately $2,965,000 (thus is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2015 tax levy)?Sincerely and With Great Respect,Mike Paskewicz, Superintendent Northview News August 2014 Dear Families, Community Members, Students, and Staff, Have you noticed the “Back to School” advertisements presented by the local media outlets?  They started in early July and now we are just a few weeks away from the official start of the 2014/15 school year.  You will begin to see and hear the energy of the school year in early August as our marching band and athletic teams prepare for the upcoming fall season. As for me, I could not be more excited about the upcoming school year.  Here are just a few of the reasons why: ·         Over 3,400 students, their families, our staff, and the extended Northview community will deepen their emotional and spiritual connection during the year.  “We believe people working together toward common goals can accomplish anything.” ·         The 434 staff members (instructional and support staff) are committed to a process of continuous quality improvement. ·         Northview Public Schools was granted AdvancED School System Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement accreditation seal.  This means that the system and all of its schools are accredited, and that Northview Public Schools District is recognized across the nation as a quality school system. ·         The NHS senior class of 2015 is the only class that has experienced all three years of construction. ·         Our high school will open the new pool, fitness center, kitchen, cafeteria, NEF Honor Wall, front entrance and main offices this fall.  We are planning a “grand opening” event for the community on Thursday, October 23, 2014.  Thank you Northview voters! ·         We will provide our elected officials, community members, and opinion leaders with qualitative and quantitative evidence that our “Northview Public Schools work.”  Last year, thanks to all of you, we provided over 100 “pieces of evidence” from an ever-growing list of hundreds. Once again, I am asking for your help as we move into the new school year.  Please consider doing one of the six things listed below at least one time per month.  I ask this of you because “we believe we are all responsible for student success and learning.” 1.    Contact someone in your circle of influence and tell them about the great things going on in Northview.  Use email, text messages, social media sites, phone calls, post cards, US Mail, or a conversation over the back fence.  If you send an email, consider sending me a copy (mpaskewicz@nvps.net). 2.    Read the “School News Network” weekly (www.schoolnewsnetwork.org) and tell at least two other people about this site that provides evidence public schools work in Kent County. 3.    Speak to a school-age student in your neighborhood.  Tell them how important it is to do well in school.  Tell them you are proud of them for their contributions to our community.  Let them know their achievements and behaviors are a reflection of you and our entire community. 4.    Thank a Northview staff member for their work in our school district.  5.    If you are a Northview staff member, thank a community member or parent for their support. 6.    Write a short note to your elected officials.  Ask them how they evaluate their support of public education.   Administrative Changes for the 2014/15 School Year I am excited to announce several recent changes in the administrative team for the coming year.  I ask for your support of these individuals as they transition into new roles.  Our administrative team remains dedicated to the children of Northview, positive change and the pursuit of excellence that promotes student success.  We look forward to the opportunities these changes will bring. NHS Athletic Director Rick Albro accepted a women’s basketball assistant coaching position at the University of Detroit.  The move allows him to be closer to family.  We thank Rick for his service to our student/athletes and coaches. The vacancy at the NHS Athletic Director position allowed Jerry Klekotka to move into the NHS AD role.  Jerry expressed interest in building his capacity at the high school level.  He is excited about the new challenge.  Jerry provided leadership at East Oakview for 7.5 years. Andy Scogg has been the principal at Crossroads for 15 years.  Next year he will join the staff at East Oakview as their principal.  Andy started his career at the elementary level. Dan Duba will move to Crossroads as their principal.  He is returning to Crossroads after 10 years of service to the Highlands community. Jamey Vermaat has accepted the challenge as principal of Highlands after serving as principal of East Campus High School for 8 years.  This move allows Jamey to broaden his experience in the general education environment.   Julia Reynolds will have additional duties assigned as the Director of Curriculum and School Improvement.  This adds another dimension to the strong teacher leadership we have experienced in the curriculum areas over the past three years. This time of year has been the same for me over the past 40 years.  I can’t wait to be with our students, their families, our staff, and community members as we deepen our commitment to providing the very best learning experience for each one of our students.  Thanks to the strong emotional and spiritual connection between our community and its schools, the likelihood of student success is very high.    Sincerely and With Great Respect,Mike

Outstanding Fourth Grade Project at the "U"

Written by Michele Lemire on Jul 17, 2014
Yesterday, I found teachers Karin and Mike Beveridge, along with their grandchildren, planting some flowering shrubs in the flower box in front of the school. The fourth grade had raised some funds to help pay for this project and it is really beautiful. Thank you fourth graders and the Beveridge family for your efforts!